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Category: Middle East & North Africa

November 1, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Iran ISOICO Shipyard Update

Digital Globe imagery dated September 14, 2015 on left  / April 28, 2015 right The latest commercial satellite imagery shows some new developments at Iran’s ISOICO shipyard near Bostanu. In September, the yard made further progress on the country’s soon-to-be largest dry dock. Imagery shows that shipyard workers had moved the dock’s caisson in place…

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October 29, 2015

By Alexandra Raine

Tracking Down Corruption in the Defence Sector in MENA

Transparency International’s Government Defence Index is a unique resource that collects evidence and insights on malpractice in the defence and security sector, worldwide. The most recent version was released today. As the majority of the research for this project involved gathering openly accessible information online (with a very limited part of the evidence coming from closed sources),…

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October 26, 2015

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

What Russia’s Own Videos and Maps Reveal About Who They Are Bombing In Syria

Bellingcat began geolocating and independently verifying videos published by the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) after initial reports from the ground indicated that Russian airstrikes destroyed positions held by the Free Syrian Army and other groups rather than the Islamic State (or ISIS). Bellingcat has geolocated, verified, and visualized each airstrike published by the Russian…

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October 6, 2015

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Initial Findings of the Crowdsourced Geolocation and Analysis of Russian MoD Airstrike Videos from Syria

Yesterday Bellingcat launched an effort to use the Checkdesk platform to geolocate and collect additional information on videos posted by the Russia Ministry of Defence showing their airstrikes in Syria. This was triggered after the discovery that two videos the Russian Ministry of Defence claimed were filmed in or near ISIS controlled Raqqa were geolocated to…

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September 21, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Confirmed: SU-25s Join Russia’s Flankers in Latakia

Satellite imagery acquired by Airbus of al-Assad International Airport shows new arrivals supporting Russia’s growing military presence. Space snapshots from 20SEPT15 show twelve SU-25 Frogfoot joining the four SU-30SM Flanker already parked at the airport, a location ten miles south of Latakia. Earlier the SU-30SM were misidentified by the media as SU-27. The latest imagery was published by AllSource Analysis…

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September 20, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Russian SU-30SM in Syria, not SU-27

This post was originally written for Offiziere.ch after several comments questioning the imagery identification were posted on Twitter. Recent satellite imagery acquired by Airbus of al-Assad International airport in Syria shows four SU-30SM aircraft, not four SU-27 Flanker as originally reported by the Institute for the Study of War. The aircraft are easily mistaken for the SU-27…

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